Amie Newman

Amie Newman is a communications officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Amie’s professional advocacy for women started at the Northwest Women’s Law Center (now Legal Voice) and continued at Aradia Women’s Health Center where, for seven years, she directed the feminist women’s health center’s communications and outreach activities. Amie was also the Submissions Editor for the amazing publication Our Truths/Nuestras Verdades and a former editor of Rewire. Amie lives in Seattle with her family: her designer/musician husband, two beautiful and crazy children, two dogs, two chickens and a pair of fire-bellied toads.


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Home Birth “Common Ground”?

Amie Newman

In a less well-known but no less controversial effort to find "common ground" a Home Birth Consensus summit seeks to bridge a divide between those who support and those who oppose expanded access to homebirth.

Illinois’ Home Birth Safety Act Awaits Passage

Amie Newman

It's the bill advocates are calling "the solution to the Illinois home birth maternity care crisis" and some have been waiting 30 years for its passage. But a strong and active state medical association is blocking the bill at every turn. Why?

Afternoon Roundup: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Signed Into Law!

Amie Newman

Congratulations to our Gay and Lesbian servicemembers today - and to all Americans who believe in justice for all - as Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal is signed into law; it's not really those birth control pills which are responsible for increased estrogen in our water supply; and a Colorado physician is in hot water over a prescription for medical marijuana for a pregnant woman.

When Getting Baked Means More than Just a Bun in the Oven

Amie Newman

The majority of pregnant women will experience some nausea or vomiting. For a some the extreme, nausea and vomiting is unrelenting. For an unlikely few, that condition becomes extreme - requiring an IV and treatment to ward off potential malnutrition.  Some women turn to marijuana for relief - and evidence shows it works. But can we have a "real" conversation in this country about the risks vs. benefits of illegal drug use during pregnancy?

Afternoon Roundup: CNN Asks “Is She A Hero Or A Danger?”

Amie Newman

A woman births her fourth child at home, against the wishes of her doctor, after having had three prior c-sections and being told she'd need to have another; The ACLU urges the superintendent of the California school district where a young teen committed suicide from anti-gay bullying, to do something about it; and reproductive justice advocates in Minnesota fear they are in for a rough haul this upcoming legislative session.

Am I Pregnant?

Amie Newman

If you're worried, check out Planned Parenthood's newest online tool - a widget designed to help you figure out if you're pregnant, what options are available and how to access those options.

Catholic Bishop Castigates and Threatens Hospital that Saved Woman’s Life

Amie Newman

In November 2009, a young mother of four was given a life saving, emergency abortion from doctors at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Bishop Thomas Olmstead of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix called it "immoral" and is now threatening the hospital president in an effort to make sure they never save a pregnant woman's life again.

Afternoon Roundup: Anti-Choice Bullies; ACLU Sues Federal Government for Rape Records; Protesting an HIV PSA in NYC

Amie Newman

Wisconsin anti-choice advocates bullying of an entire city - from medical doctors to hospital administrators to women seeking care - results in a hospital's decision not to provide abortions; Gay and Lesbian advocacy groups protest a NYC public service announcement on HIV prevention; the ACLU files a lawsuit against the government to gain access to records on rape in the military.

(UPDATED) Federal Judge Rules Against Health Reform Law

Amie Newman

A federal judge in Virginia has ruled in favor of Virginia's Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli's lawsuit. Judge Hudson, a Republican favorite, determined that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's central provision - that all Americans must purchase health care - is unconstitutional. What happens next?

On the Verge: DADT and Military Abortion Ban

Amie Newman

Will the Senate vote tonight on a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell? Is the military abortion ban next? It seems we're on the verge of a potentially historic breakthrough when it comes to government sanctioned discrimination.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Headed For Extinction?

Amie Newman

The Pentagon released the results of a review of the military if Don't Ask, Don't Tell were to be repealed. The conclusion? It's time to say good-bye to discrimination based on sexual orientation in the military. Our soldiers can handle it - and so can military leadership.

Repro Rights Roundup: Afternoon-Style

Amie Newman

Nadya Suleman may have been part of a fertility study without knowing it, same sex couples now have full visiting privileges at hospitals that participate in Medicaid and Medicare, a couple places their potential abortion up to a vote and more...

Repro Rights Roundup: Afternoon-Style

Amie Newman

A Lame Duck Congress lives up to its name when it comes to fair pay, William Saletan tells women we should compromise our bodily autonomy because two guys have decided it's a good idea, contraception should be covered for women in the U.S. and more..

Repro Rights Roundup: Afternoon-Style

Amie Newman

William Saletan provides some "lessons for the pro-life crowd"; the FDA gets sued over emergency contraception; Rep. Steve Driehaus drops his complaint against the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List and more.

Repro Rights Roundup: Afternoon-Style

Amie Newman

Will Congress be voting for fair pay? Will women soon have access to certified professional midwives in Illinois? And are women in the U.S. really getting the message that we're at risk of contracting HIV?

Top of the News: Afternoon Edition

Amie Newman

It's Veterans Day so I'm reminding myself (and others who need it) that our female vets are in need of gender specific health care upon returning home from combat; Sarah Palin and the Tea Party want less government - unless it has to do with abortion restrictions; a drug manufacturer of breast cancer treatment drugs adds cancer-causing agents to its drugs; and anorexic women face more unplanned pregnancies than do women who don't suffer from the disorder.

Top of the News: Afternoon Edition

Amie Newman

Teen girls are facing discimination in athletics, a transgender inmate vows to continue lawsuit against the state, the Massachusetts House sees a growing number of anti-choice lawmakers and more in today's afternoon round-up!

I Had An Abortion 2.0

Amie Newman

Women are sharing abortion experiences and support via the #ihadanabortion Twitter campaign, and (surprise!) everyone has an opinion. But Steph Herold, the woman behind the campaign, tells Rewire why she did it and why this is "just a start."

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